Welcome to MARINA JACARÉ VILLAGE …., to Paraiba’s coastline,  and of course to Brazil.


The following information has been compiled from compendiums, translations and comments contributed by sailors who have been to Jacaré and who have hugged the Brazilian coastline. The information will only continue to be 100% valid if it is regularly updated, so please feel welcome to leave your contributions on our page “Contact Us”. http://www.marina-jacare-village.com/wordpress/nous-contacter/

The entrance of the Brazilian port of CABEDELO is situated on the extreme eastern point of the South American continent.

“Jacaré” (which means Alligator, although one would have a hard time meeting one in that area) is located 2  miles from the commercial harbour of Cabedelo (07°02’S, 34°51W) in a protected estuary of the Paraiba river. This stopover place has been passed on by word of mouth between sailors since the early 70’s and is reputed to be quiet, with a well buoyed channel, equally navigable by day and night (which is otherwise rarely the case along the Brazilian coast).

LIST OF WAYPOINTS for access to Cabedelo and the moorings and the Marina of Jacaré:


CBD 01 06°56,250’ S 34°48,600’W
CBD 02 06°56,280’ S 34°48,930’W
CBD 03 06°56,420’ S 34°49,300’W
CBD 04 06°56,540’ S 34°49,570’W
CBD 05 06°57,250’ S 34°50,520’W
CBD 06 06°57,920’ S 34°50’690’W
CBD07 06°58,800’S 34°50,220’W
CBD-F1 06°58,860’S 34°50,160’W
JCR 01 06°59,070’S 34°50,230’W
JCR 02 06°59,480’S 34°50,470’W
JCR03 07°00,280’S 34°50,920’W
JCR04 07°01,460’S 34°51,450W
JCR05 07°02,160’S 34°51,400’W
MARINA 07°02,00’S 34°51,000’W
Main Dock 07°02,117’S 34°51,357’W

CBD= Cabedelo, JCR=Jacaré.

Tides timetable: http://maree.shom.fr/harbor/CABEDELO

Amongst its other plus points, the coast of this region allows for sailing both  in northerly and southerly directions, all the way down to Salvador, throughout the entire year. If you are planning to explore the south coast, it is not advisable to make your first landfall further up north (for example already  in Natal or Fortaleza), as you would be faced with a shallow coastline riddled with shoals and sandbanks, struggling against the strong current that runs parallel to the coast, beating into the prevailing south-easterly winds, and dodging the numerous oil platforms along the coast which have partly been abandoned and are therefore not always lit at night…


In a nutshell, aside from offering an attractive alternative routing to the classical crossing to the Caribbean (coming from Europe), Brazil is also a region with stable weather all year round, and completely without hurricanes, tropical depressions, tornados, tidal surges or earthquakes. The winds are regular from either the SE or NE with speeds between 8 et 20 knots.
Moreover, the passages between the Cape Verde Islands and Cabedelo / Jacaré, or alternatively between St Helena or Ascension Island and Cabedelo/ Jacaré are the shortest possible ocean crossings. Those options are all the more enticing knowing that at the end of the voyage you will be welcomed at the very friendly Marina Jacaré Village, with some 40 pontoon moorings in a truly gorgeous location reputed for its sunsets and lush green environment.